Tag Archives: wills

You may have a Spouse even if you think you don’t

When my clients ask me about what problems might arise with the way they want to distribute their estates, I tell them that it’s often not blood relatives but in-laws that create the problems. A recent judgment of the British Columbia … Continue reading

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Where there is (not quite) a Will

Since the Wills Estate and Succession Act (the “WESA”) came into effect in March of 2014, we have waiting to see what the courts would do with the new provision, Section 58, allowing judges to decide whether a document that … Continue reading

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Wills and Guardianship of Children

If you thought it was a bad idea from a financial point of view to not have a will, it can get even worse. There is a tragic case in the media at the moment that involves custody of the three … Continue reading

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How does the new Wills Estates and Succession Act affect your estate planning? 

Effective March 31, 2014, British Columbians have a new set of laws that govern both the making of Wills and the management of an estate after a person dies.  The Wills Estates and Succession Act (the “WESA”) and the new … Continue reading

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“All I need is a simple will”

How much does a will cost? Under the heading “Frequently Asked Questions”, this is probably number one in my practise. As a lawyer, I am most likely going to answer “that depends”, but today I am going to try to … Continue reading

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Thwarted Philanthropy (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of posts where Darren Stewart discusses the law with regard to making specific bequests in your will to charitable recipients and how such bequests can be challenged by your children. Later, Maria Holman … Continue reading

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Thwarted Philanthropy

In this series of posts, Darren Stewart will discuss the law with regard to making specific bequests in your will to charitable recipients and how such bequests can be challenged by your children. Later, Maria Holman will discuss some estate … Continue reading

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